Employees today have to be adaptable to the constantly new and changing needs of employers and consumers. Daniel Burrus of AOL Jobs reports that “Job opportunities in technology are growing up to three times faster than other career fields in the U.S.” Technology is changing quickly, and so are the days when a student followed a straight path from education to career.
In the past, technological change was much slower than it is today, so jobs in different fields changed or were eliminated more slowly as technology entered the picture. However, now he picture is different in that change is happening fast, and workers have to adapt if they want to find new jobs when technology eliminates their old ones or if they want to keep their current ones.
Processing power, bandwidth, and storage are the causes of today’s fast changes, notes Burrus. These three factors “will be transforming how we sell, market, communicate, collaborate, innovate, train and educate,” he notes. Many jobs will disappear, but many other jobs will be redefined as technology provides more efficient ways to work. Workers who stay ahead of technological change are more likely to be able to be flexible if their jobs are eliminated or to stay relevant in their current, changing positions.
It is important to expect that, at some point, technology will take over more of employees’ daily work tasks, if it hasn’t already. Workers should ask themselves what they can learn about technology that will augment their current workplace skills such as website developmnent knowledge. There is not much time to prepare for changes that technology brings, so it is even more important for employees to pay attention to what new skills they need to learn and how to access that knowledge.
Professionals need to understand that change is inevitable. Instead of wondering if technology will alter their job descriptions or get rid of their jobs completely, workers should embrace the fact that technology is the face of the labor market today. The next step is to stay current on how technology is used in their fields and then to learn how to implement technology in their positions to make their work more efficient and themselves more relevant to employers.